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Futurama: Bender's Game (2008)

Billy West , Katey Sagal , Dwayne Carey-Hill  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche
  • Directors: Dwayne Carey-Hill
  • Writers: Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, Eric Kaplan, Michael Rowe
  • Producers: Rich Moore, Claudia Katz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DZOC78
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,353 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Futurama: Bender's Game" on IMDb

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At once a merciless skewering of all things fanboy and an extremely satisfying addition to the Futurama franchise, Bender's Game is among the best of the animated series' feature length adventures. The game in question is Dungeons and Dragons, and Bender wants in--only robots aren't programmed with the necessary imagination. Naturally, Bender's plans to develop one go completely awry and land him in an android asylum. The role-playing plotline later re-emerges--in typically convoluted Futurama fashion--via a subplot involving Professor Farnsworth's conversion of dark matter into spaceship fuel, which created a key to a very D&D-influenced universe where our hapless heroes eventually find themselves. The alternate world storyline allows for much lampooning of fantasy tropes, with Lord of the Rings receiving the lion's share of the tweaks. Seeing as how the writers have already devoted much of the movie's running time to parodying Star Wars and Star Trek (and their Lego offshoots), one might think that Bender's Game might suffer from pop-culture overload, but surprisingly, it all feels fresh and frequently funny, and the writers are wise to ground the story in their eccentric characters rather than pinballing them through an endless string of gags. The result is probably the strongest of the direct-to-DVD Futurama releases to date, and one that newcomers to the show's cracked universe can appreciate as much as longtime fans.As with previous Futurama DVD releases, the extras come fast and furious on Bender's Game: commentary by members of the cast and production team (including Matt Groening) is both informative and funny, while interviews with the writers and producers discuss, among other topics, the influence of Dungeons and Dragons on the series and the 3D models used in the feature. Aspiring animators might appreciate "How To Draw Futurama in 83 Easy Steps and the storyboard animatic for the first part of the story, while the "Genetics Lab" feature allows for some amusing Dr. Moreau-style cross-breeding of the characters. Recording session bloopers and a deleted scene offer their own laughs, but the most enjoyable extra must be the preview for the next Futurama feature, Into the Wild Green Yonder, which suggests a shocking development for one of the show's regulars. -- Paul Gaita

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Product Description

With fuel prices skyrocketing, the Planet Express crew sets off on a dangerous mission: to infiltrate the world's only dark-matter mine, source of all spaceship fuel. But deep beneath the surface lies a far stranger place... a medieval land of dragons and sorcery and intoxicated knights who look suspiciously like Bender. So park your hover-car and saddle up your unicorn for Futurama's grandest adventure yet: BENDER'S GAME!

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incentivise that employee for a great movie. November 4, 2008
By Aberwak
Format:DVD
This movie is completely independent from the other two films, with everything back to normal at the beginning of it from when the last ended. It's pretty easy to follow along for thsoe who haven't seen the other two, or even the rest of the series. As others have mentioned, this movie takes on a D&D / Lord of the Rings feel to it as it explores the fantasy realm, but it's nicely explained as to why it happens that way. Everything seems to blend together well in this movie (the various subplots set up at the beginning join together). The movie also refers back to the original series and explains various things: a possibile origin between the Farnesworth-Wordstrom rivalry, more on the Mom-Farnesworth relationship, Nibbler being picked up off Vergon 6 as it implodes (and why it does implode), and a few other things. I think all of these add to what's known in the Futurama universe without taking away from anything, and fits very well in to what is already established.

I really enjoyed the movie, probably more than the other two movies. The one thing I didn't like so much about the DVD were the features. I didn't find them all that exciting. I enjoyed seeing how to draw the characters, and the genetics lab was somewhat interesting (but limiting). Everything else wasn't bad, but just seemed a bit short.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The unmistakable stench of dwarf urine! November 4, 2008
Format:DVD
The first two Futurama movies were ok (well, to be honest, Beast with a Billion Backs was terrible), but this third installment is a winner. It has all the sly humor from the classic Futurama seasons that you've missed, and then some. I enjoyed the greater inclusion of Dr. Zoidberg.

The premise is quite true to life; the Planet Express crew must deal with the increase in dark matter fuel prices. This somehow segues into a Lord of the Rings plot which I won't spoil, but it actually works out quite well. We have an interesting tie-in between Mom and Professor Farnsworth.

All the old favorite characters are here too, including Morbo the Annihilator, Nibbler, Sal, Scruffy the Janitor, and George Takei. I didn't see Zapp Brannigan or Kif, but they weren't missed, and would've detracted from the story, or rather, the semblance of a story.

In conclusion, I think it's the unmistakable stench of dwarf urine that makes this Futurama movie a winner!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I'm the target audience for Bender's Game. A lifelong gamer of over two decades (yeeck, I'm getting old), I also know and love the book by Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game. With the title alone, the Futurama writing staff is clearly letting me know this is the movie for me.

Bender's Game starts promising, with jokes about the rising cost of fuel prices. There's also a sly joke about Leela's anger issues, which are controlled by a shock collar. A shock collar Leela starts to find ... titillating. Just when things get interesting and this plot point could turn into something awkward and funny, it's dropped.

Bender discovers that he has no imagination and, aggravated that he can't participate in a game of Dungeons & Dragons, flips out Mazes & Monsters-style, renaming himself Titanius and wandering the sewers. He then gets sent to the HAL institute, Arkham Asylum for robots. This plot point is pursued to a point and then dropped.

Meanwhile, Mom (that's her name) has been controlling dark matter prices for years, but there is a means of invalidating her stranglehold on fuel prices. Professor Farnsworth accidentally invented "anti-backwards matter" which, should it ever encounter dark matter, would render dark matter useless. It just so happens that this anti-backwards matter is a 12-sided die. Hilarious, right?

As our lovable misfits build towards a confrontation with Mom and her Killbot goons, reality shifts and suddenly everyone's in a parallel fantasy dimension. And then we get, in descending order of comedic value: D&D jokes, Greek myth jokes, Lord of the Rings jokes, Star Wars jokes, Call of Cthulhu jokes, and did I mention the Lord of the Rings jokes?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Futurama: Bender's Game Review November 15, 2008
Format:Blu-ray
The main cast of Futurama: The Professor (Billy West), Hermes (Phil LaMarr), Leela (Katey Sagal), Bender (John DiMaggio), Amy (Lauren Tom), Zoigberg (Billy West), Nibbler (Frank Welker), Fry (Billy West) as well as Mom (Tress MacNeille) and her three bumbling sons return in this 80-minute special. Futurama: Bender's Game is unlike Futurama: Bender's Big Score and Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs due to this instalment not having a movie feel at all to it. Futurama: Bender's Game is designed to be aired in four-parts when it premières on television and it feels like a four-part episodic.

In the beginning of the film you are first introduced to a Futurama version on "Yellow Submarine". I believe this is just symbolic of how crazy the upcoming scenes get. Whilst driving about in the Planet Express Ship, Leela, Fry and Bender run out of fuel and luckily Nibbler had one ball of dark matter, which was enough to get the ship to a petrol station. The same guy Sal (John DiMaggio) that always seems to be at one of these stations makes fun of the crew's ship. Sal states even though his ship is beat up, he won the Space Destruction Derby five times. Due to Leela's unrelenting anger issues, she decides to enter the derby and later returns the ship severely damaged.

Later, Dwight Conrad (Hermes Son voiced by Phil LaMarr) and Cubert Farnsworth (the Professor's son voiced by Kath Soucie) are playing a game of "Dungeons and Dragons". Bender thinking that it is a form of gambling, wants to join in, only to find out that it is nothing like that. Dwight and Conrad tell Bender that it is the kind of game that you have to use your imagination and anything will be possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On par with Monty Python, a must have for the lover of humor.
My personal favorite Futurama movie. Parodying Dungeons & Dragons, and numerous famous sci-fi and fantasy classics, Bender's Game is a movie that will touch your heart and tickle... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Christine Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars an awesome Futurama movie!
GREAT DISK!!!!!
Published 15 days ago by Alan J Groening
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for Any Futurama Fan
When Futurama was canceled for the first time, a series of movie was made to give fans a fix. It was about like having a feature length episode. Recommended for any Futurama Fan.
Published 18 days ago by Beth Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Bender's Game:
Must see adventure for all.

Joseph
Published 1 month ago by Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Futurama
It's Futurama...what else needs to be said? Another great movie done by the writers always keeping you on your toes. None stop laughter.
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Rausch
5.0 out of 5 stars Furturama: Bender's Game
The 3rd movie of the 4. Comes in a cardboard dvd case. The movie isn't completely based in the fantasy world. Only about a half hour of the movie is. Read more
Published 5 months ago by brandon clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Creative
I'm half horse and half naked...and the entire production is a lot of fun for the viewer. A must have for all of us Futurama fans.
Published 6 months ago by Winston D. Williams Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Got a bonus!
The dvd arrived timely, perhaps a little too cramped in its package, but with a bonus - four blank postcards! I uploaded the image for everyone to see. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sabra
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
MY WIFE AND I LOVE FUTURAMA. IF YOU LIKED THE SERIES (R.I.P.) YOU WILL LOVE THIS MOVIE. I LIKE THE FAT THAT SOME OF THE JOKES SLIP BY UNTIL WATCHING IT FOR THE THIRD OR FOURTH... Read more
Published 8 months ago by NATHAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Collection Done
Futurama grew on me and I ended up having to have them ALL. This disc had several features I wanted to have. This finished the kit!
Published 8 months ago by Albert D. Smith III
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